|53rd Lord Mayor of Belfast|
|Preceded by||Jim Rodgers|
|Succeeded by||Naomi Long|
|Councillor on Belfast City Council|
1993 – Incumbent
|Constituency||Lower Falls, Belfast West|
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
Hartley grew up in the Falls Road area of Belfast and became a republican activist in the late 1960s. In 1970, he was imprisoned in the Crumlin Road gaol for ten months for riotous behaviour; he was again imprisoned in 1978. During the 1981 Irish hunger strike, Hartley chaired the POW Committee.
Hartley became active in Sinn Féin, serving as the General Secretary in the mid-1980s and as the Chair in the early 1990s. In 1993, he was elected to Belfast City Council for the Lower Falls, and has held his seat at each subsequent election.
Hartley was one of three Sinn Féin candidates in Northern Ireland at the European election in 1994. Although he took only 3.8% of the votes cast and was not elected, he did receive more votes than the party's other candidates.
In 2008, Hartley became the second Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Belfast. In his spare time, he conducts tours of Belfast City Cemetery and authored the 2006 book Written in Stone: The History of Belfast City Cemetery.
- "Sinn Féin's Tom Hartley elected Mayor of Belfast", An Phoblacht, 5 June 2008
- Belfast City Council Elections 1993-2005, Northern Ireland Elections
- The 1994 European elections, Northern Ireland Elections
- Laura Friel, "A winter's tale", An Phoblacht, 16 December 1999
- Written in Stone, Belfast City Council
|Party political offices|
Joe Cahill and Cathleen Knowles?
|General Secretary of Sinn Féin
|Chairperson of Sinn Féin
|Lord Mayor of Belfast